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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Disneyland sets opening date for ‘Lion King’ show

A “Lion King” musical stage show with singers, dancers and drummers coming to Disneyland this summer will offer a new adaptation of the ancestral story of how a young lion cub becomes the king of the jungle.

The “Tale of the Lion King” show opens at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater on May 28.

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The concept art shows the new “Lion King” stage at the Fantasyland Theater with drummers on multi-level platforms, surrounded by animal cutouts between the audience and the character cast beneath a large Tree of Life.

The “Tale of the Lion King” show moves to the Fantasyland Theater after playing on the shores of Paradise Bay in the “World of Color” viewing area before Disney California Adventure’s pandemic shutdown.

The modestly sized DCA show, featuring an ensemble cast of 18, will expand to match the scale and size of the Fantasyland Theatre. The Disneyland presentation will feature new original music arrangements and choreography.

The DCA production featured new musical arrangements of popular songs from the original film, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. At the time, the theme park stage show served as a movie tie-in to the photo-realistic computer-generated remakes. The Lion King.”

The new score includes elements inspired by the original compositions. Vocal performance was combined with a percussive soundtrack provided by a troupe of drummers.

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Set on the African plains, the story told the story of the battle for Pride Rock after the death of the Lion King Mufasa. The exiled Simba lion cub must figure out how to grow up and take back his rightful throne from Mufasa’s murdered brother, Scar.

Disney Live Entertainment began rehearsals in late April for actors, singers, dancers and drummers to join the “Lion King” show as a traveling crew of African storytellers.

Disney hired singers for the African lion roles of Simba, Nala, Mufasa and Scar, as well as Pumbaa the warthog, Timon the meerkat and the hyenas Banzai and Shenzi. For “Guide” Mawongzo – a Swahili character named Mother Earth – will serve as the show’s narrator.

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